Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 12, 2017

Heavy traffic expected on I-35 as motorists head for Duluth, Grandma’s Marathon

Duluth, Minn. – The annual Grandma’s Marathon is scheduled Saturday, June 17. It is one of Duluth’s biggest events, attracting 50,000 to 60,000 visitors each year. The Minnesota Department of Transportation expects heavy traffic levels on Interstate 35 in the days prior-to and after the marathon events, which officially begin Thursday.

On I-35 from just south of Willow River to just north of Sturgeon Lake
Traffic is restricted to a single lane in each direction and motorists may encounter short duration ramp closures at County Road 43 and County Road 46. Backups are expected. For more information about this project please visit: mndot.gov/d1/projects/i35willowriver.

On I-35 at Highway 61 in Carlton County
The northbound lanes are closed. Traffic is using the southbound lanes in a head-to-head configuration. Backups are expected. For more information about this project please visit: mndot.gov/d1/projects/i35-bridgedeck.

To avoid traffic delays MnDOT encourages visitors to allow extra travel time, come early and stay late, travel during off-peak times, check www.511mn.org for the latest traveler and traffic information or consider taking an alternate route.

Hwy 61/London Road and the North Shore Scenic Highway will be closed during the race on Saturday.

For more information about Grandma’s Marathon, visit http://grandmasmarathon.com.

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